Maintenance of Buildings

in Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe, Anambra State, Nigeria



By Nnamdi Josiah Onyili, Prof. Dr. Kevin Chuks Okolie, Dr. Fidelis Okechukwu Ezeokoli

Department of Building, Nnamdi Azikiwe University

Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria




The study appraises the maintenance of building of Nwafor Orizu College of Education Nsugbe (NOCEN), Anambra State through the use of questionnaire and interview. A total of one hundred and seventy-one (171) questionnaire were randomly distributed to students and staff of NOCEN and all questionnaire administer were completely filled and returned giving a response rate of 100%.  Data collected were analysed and presented using tables, charts and percentages. The study has established buildings are quite inspected regularly and as well as its maintenance in NOCEN but it takes longer period of time to obtain approval for a building inspection or maintenance in college. This basically affect the maintenance of the building within the institution. However, most of the buildings in the collage are properly maintained by the institution through the aid of the maintenance department. The study recommends that the bottleneck in processing maintenance request/approval should be eliminated for effective maintenance work.


A building is regarded as an enclosure or “envelope” designed and constructed to provide minimum level of comfort and conveniences for man. Building provides safety, protects human inhabitant, animals, materials and equipment from effect of weather, and gives internal comfort (Ogunoh, 2008). According to Obiegbu, (2003) a building is an essential modifier of micro-climate, a space isolate from climate temperature and humidity, fluctuations, sheltered from prevailing winds and precipitation and with artificial means. Obiegbu (2003) emphasized that buildings are enclosure for space, designed for specific uses, meant to control local climate, distribute services and evacuate waste.

Buildings are designed and constructed to provide healthy and comfortable environment, create good atmosphere for learning (Okolie, 2011). In addition, a healthy building is one that adversely affects neither of its occupants nor the large environment. Furthermore, Okoye and Ogunoh (2008) asserted that buildings are expected to function effectively throughout their expected life span. In a nutshell, a building must function to accommodate the activities for which it is built, and provides comfortable indoor and outdoor climates to its occupants (Ogunoh, 2008).

Generally, for buildings to meet these basic needs they require constant and regular maintenance. However, infrastructural maintenance has been a major challenge in many Nigerian public institutions due to poor funding, misuse of facility by occupants, bribery and corruption etc. (Adenuga, 2006). Also, some of these public buildings are allowed to dilapidate to unusable levels before maintenance plans are made to preserve its economic value and durability. Likewise, some of the buildings are left without any form of maintenance for a long time and these leads to total overhaul and reconstruction of the previously constructed project, resulting in a serious economic waste (Cobbinah, 2010). Based on these, Okolie (2011) observed that in Nigeria, stakeholders have continuously expressed concern over level of maintenance suitability of Educational buildings, especially in the universities.

In spite the importance of maintenance to public building especially tertiary Institutions, the Government preferred using funds for new capital projects to the neglect of the existing once (Ezenwa, 1999). Because of this, development of tertiary institutions especially state-owned institutions like Nwafor Orizu College of Education are being forced to identify ways and means to improve on the maintenance of its institution buildings. Unfortunately, lack of maintenance culture of buildings in our institutions has led to unproductive learning environment in the Nigeria tertiary education system. This situation has made students and teachers lack interest and apathy to goals of learning. In view of the above, this research is concern about the ugly situation and therefore seeks to appraise the maintenance of public institution building of Nwafor Orizu College of Education Nsugbe, Anambra State.


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How to cite this paper: Onyili, N. J.; Okolie, K. C.; Ezeokoli, F. O. (2020). Maintenance of Buildings in Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe, Anambra State, Nigeria; PM World Journal, Vol. IX, Issue III, March.  Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/pmwj91-Mar2020-Onyili-Okolie-Ezeokoli-maintenance-of-buildings-in-Nwafor-Orizu-College-of-Education.pdf



About the Authors


Engr. Nnamdi Josiah Onyili

Nnamdi Azikiwe University
Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria



Engr Nnamdi Josiah Onyili is from Nise, Awka South LGA, Anambra State, Nigeria. He obtained a Bachelor of Engineering and Postgraduate Diploma in Civil Engineering and Building respectively from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. He is presently rounding off his MSc. programme in Facilities and Maintenance Management in Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. Currently he is the HOD, Work and service Department, Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe, Nigeria


Prof. Kevin Chuks Okolie

Nnamdi Azikiwe University
Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria




Prof Kevin C. Okolie is the Head of the Department of Building at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Anambra State Nigeria. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Construction Management from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth South Africa. His research interest lies in the development of Building Performance Evaluation Methodology, Health and Safety Management and Built Asset Management Systems. His published papers and articles on Construction and Facilities Management have appeared in many international conferences and peer reviewed journals.


Dr. Fidelis Okechukwu Ezeokoli

Nnamdi Azikiwe University
Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria




Fidelis Okechukwu Ezeokoli is a Lecturer in the Department of Building, Nnamdi Azikiwe University with vast experience in building construction and management. He has successfully delivered a number of building projects to time, desired quality and within the client’s budget He holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Construction Management from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria. His research interests are in flood resilient buildings, building materials and project management. He is a member of the Nigerian Institute of Building (MNIOB) and is registered with the Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBN)